Sunday, December 04, 2005

So Much for the Necessity of Terrorist Profiles

What a wasted opportunity for the terrorists.

I've heard that screening everybody for terror threats has been a waste of time and resources, an imposition on loyal Americans, a surrender to PC-culture, a sign we are not serious about the War on Terror.

Where was this woman on all the proposed profiles? A blue-eyed brunette with a French accent, with a bomb strapped to herself.

Profiles are a cop-out, that gives the enemy free windows of opportunity. Only now, after the attempt, would Belgian women get attention as a risk category. I guess we still have to wait for them to try once with a Nubian Muslim woman, or a Chinese Muslim senior citizen, before those groups get discussed as threats on a par with Arab men.

Which they are. They are out there. Are we even looking?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Profiling for young men of middle-eastern descent will retain its utility until such time as all other categories of arab terrorists (females, elderly, prepubescent, Chinese, et al) blow up targets with equal frequency as young men of middle-eastern descent.

Does that mean that those who do not fit the profile should be waved through though there are wires trailing from their pant leg? Not at all.

However, it remains a smart policy to give individuals even closer attention when they match characteristics in common with the average terrorist (which to this point has overwhelmingly consisted of relatively young males of middle-eastern descent).

clark smith said...

Profiling for young men of middle-eastern descent will retain its usefulness until such time as all other categories of arab terrorists (females, elderly, prepubescent, Chinese, et al) blow up targets with equal frequency as young men of middle-eastern descent.

Does that mean that those who do not fit the profile should be waved through though there are wires trailing from their pant leg? Not at all.

However, it remains a smart policy to give individuals even closer attention when they match characteristics in common with the average terrorist (which to this point has overwhelmingly consisted of relatively young males of middle-eastern descent).

clark smith said...

Hey, that first comment was a preview not a post. Feel free to delete the first comment (AND this one).

--Clark